'Purple Hearts': Here's why TikTok is abuzz about the popular but controversial Netflix film

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The romantic drama “Purple Hearts” is the latest movie hit for Netflix, with some on social media saying they’ve watched it multiple times while others are seeing red. 

Based on the 2017 Tess Wakefield novel, the film stars Sofia Carson as Cassie, a struggling singer-songwriter (and Type 1 diabetic) who vow never to date military guys, then weds a Marine named Luke (Nicholas Galitzine) in a marriage of convenience.

A fandom has sprung up around “Purple Hearts,” which mustered a paltry 33% fresh rating from critics on Rotten Tomatoes yet boasts a decent 71% audience score. According to Netflix, the film chalked up more than 150 million viewing hours in its first 10 days. But naysayers have taken the movie to task for its political views and character choices.

Here’s what people are saying about “Purple Hearts”: 

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Although they come from different world views, Cassie (Sofia Carson) and Luke (Nicholas Galitzine) sign on for a marriage of convenience that gets real for both of them in Netflix's "Purple Hearts."

Netflix’s ‘Purple Hearts’ has been blasted for anti-Arab rhetoric

One scene in “Purple Hearts” is the focal point for a lot of flak: At a dinner before they’re married, one of Luke’s more toxic Marine pals gives a toast saying, “This one is to life, love and hunting down some goddamn Arabs, baby!” Cassie takes issue with the comment, verbally sparring with the guy until Luke orders her to sit down. One Twitter user called out the film as being “blatantly” anti-Arab and anti-Hispanic, while another said it was “racist, misogynistic military propaganda.”



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